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I'm Virginia Allain, a retired librarian. Now I devote myself to writing, photography and designing books to self-publish. Having fun!
My current project is researching and putting together a book about my great-great grandfather and the Civil War.
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I encourage everyone to self-publish family memories using Blurb.com. Your family will thank you for it.

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  • Ten Humane Ways to Get Rid of Chipmunks

    Ten Humane Ways to Get Rid of Chipmunks

    If chipmunks are making you crazy, consider these ways to protect your plants and property without actually killing the cute crittters. Maybe they're digging...

    Updated 44 days ago |

  • Cottage Names: Ideas

    Cottage Names: Ideas

    You want the perfect name for your vacation home. It isn't easy to find just the right phrase for a cottage or cabin that expresses your creativity and suits...

    Updated 7 days ago |

  • Chair Bed - Extra Sleeping Space for Guests

    Chair Bed - Extra Sleeping Space for Guests

    Many homes don't have the luxury of keeping a guest room that does nothing most of the time. Other rooms in the home can double up to serve as a guest room when...

    Updated 135 days ago |

  • Library Book Display Ideas

    Library Book Display Ideas

    Library users are often overwhelmed trying to choose from the huge selection of books filling the shelves. Libraries that feature books in displays help overcome...

    Updated 21 days ago |

  • Lamps to Display Things in

    Lamps to Display Things in

    I've seen these lamps in fancy decorating magazines and always wanted one. These fillable lamp bases are wonderful ways to display a collection of seashells,...

    Updated 3 days ago |

  • Costumes for Horses for Horse Shows, Halloween or Parades

    Costumes for Horses for Horse Shows, Halloween or Parades

    Costuming a horse is a pretty big job. Why would you even want to put a costume on a horse? Actually there are many occasions when a creative costume on a horse...

    Updated 89 days ago |

  • Storytime Ideas: Themes for Librarians and Circle Time

    Storytime Ideas: Themes for Librarians and Circle Time

    I started my career as a children's librarian presenting eight storytimes a week. Over the years, I used a lot of themes for these. To help out busy children's...

    Updated 49 days ago |

  • Get Rid of Chipmunks - The Final Solution

    Get Rid of Chipmunks - The Final Solution

    I have a web page about getting rid of chipmunks humanely and it has been very popular. The focus there was on deterring chipmunks. It became obvious to me over...

    Updated 49 days ago |

  • 101 Ideas for Haunted Houses

    101 Ideas for Haunted Houses

    Do you want to create a haunted house for Halloween? Make it a fun and scary experience for all who enter its creaky doors and brush past the sticky spider webs. Here's...

    Updated 55 days ago |

  • Get Rid of Red Squirrels

    Get Rid of Red Squirrels

    Red squirrels are notorious for the damage they can cause to a house or a vehicle. They are considered much more invasive than gray squirrels. If you've suffered...

    Updated 49 days ago |

  • Writing Triggers for Family Memories

    Writing Triggers for Family Memories

    Your memories of childhood may have receded, but with a little prompting they come to the surface again. Writing these down creates a wonderful legacy to leave...

    Updated 10 days ago |

  • Ottoman Beds - Great for Guests

    Ottoman Beds - Great for Guests

    No room for an overnight guest? Think again. Now with an ottoman sleeper bed, you transform any room into an instant guest bedroom. No more wasting a whole...

    Updated today |

  • 101 Uses for Mason Jars

    101 Uses for Mason Jars

    Mason jars or canning jars have dozens of uses far beyond the basic storing of canned foods for the winter. Of course they still do the job if you want to preserve...

    Updated 9 days ago |

  • Golf Cart Fun: Personalize It, Decorate It, Accessorize It

    Golf Cart Fun: Personalize It, Decorate It, Accessorize It

    Sure, golfers have fun out on the golf course riding around in their carts, but think beyond that. In many retirement communities, golf carts serve as a popular...

    Updated 9 days ago |

  • Wine Cork Crafts

    Wine Cork Crafts

    I'm amazed by the many uses for wine corks. Years ago, a good friend made a cork board for us using wine corks. It was a great housewarming gift for our new...

    Updated 36 days ago |

  • Name the Caterpillars

    Name the Caterpillars

    Here's a selection of caterpillar photos that I've taken in all sorts of places from Maine to Kansas to Florida and places in-between. Some are quite unusual...

    Updated 9 days ago |

  • Funny Things People Say in Libraries

    Funny Things People Say in Libraries

    I don't want to make you paranoid about talking to librarians, but sometimes we had a good laugh about something a library user said to us. Librarians love their...

    Updated 3 days ago |

  • Top Construction Site Work Radios

    Top Construction Site Work Radios

    Make the work day go by a little faster with the Top Construction Site Work Radios found here. These have multiple functions, with some having charging stations...

    Updated 9 days ago |

  • Saloon Decor for the Man Cave or Home Bar

    Saloon Decor for the Man Cave or Home Bar

    Entertain in style with an old-west saloon in your home. You'll feel just like Clint Eastwood or Wyatt Earp as you lean your elbow on the vintage looking bar...

    Updated 23 days ago |

  • Create a Tuscan Patio

    Create a Tuscan Patio

    Do you love a sunny space, edged with rustic planters spilling over with lush flowers? Can you picture yourself in Tuscany with stone pavers underfoot and ... You...

    Updated 49 days ago |

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  • flinnie Jul 15, 2014 @ 4:23 pm
    Hi Vallain, thanks so much for stoppping by and liking my page it mean a lot to me.
  • esmonaco Jul 08, 2014 @ 7:13 pm
    Hi Vallain, Thanks for stopping by The FixMeStick, if you try it I hope it works as well for you as it did for me. The stick is good to use for one year and then you can re-charge it on line. Thanks again.
  • marsha32 Jul 03, 2014 @ 10:41 am
    I'm mentioning you in my squidoo hopping blog post today :)
  • RenaissanceWoman2010 Jul 02, 2014 @ 6:17 pm
    Great to see you. Thanks for checking out my new wine rack craft lens. Appreciated!
  • LouCannon May 13, 2014 @ 8:35 pm
    Thanks for visiting my lens! It means a lot for a new squid like me :)
  • GEMNITYA5 May 09, 2014 @ 6:52 pm
    *WELCOME & THANKS*
    for SquidLiking my lenses "BE INSPIRED BY YOUR LIFE"
    Blessings
    *GEM*
  • d-artist Apr 30, 2014 @ 9:46 pm
    Hi Virginia, so nice to see you visit my mom's tribute page...I really appreciate you coming back and leaving a kind comment....it's very much appreciated.
  • MarcellaCarlton Apr 24, 2014 @ 12:34 pm
    Thank you so much for the visit and the like on my lens "The Broch of Gurness, An Iron Age Marvel". I appreciate it.
  • Rob3 Apr 06, 2014 @ 5:39 am
    Thanks for visiting my Medieval Castle in Ireland - if only!
  • YourIslandRoutes Apr 03, 2014 @ 11:52 pm
    Thank you for liking my "How to make Dairy Free Yogurt Lens" :)
  • Anonymous831 Mar 25, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
    Thank you for liking my " Learning Kids Photography " lens.
  • Nightcat Mar 17, 2014 @ 11:39 am
    Thanks so very much for the Leaping Leprechaun Likes and thoughtful comments! Hope you're having a great day. :)
  • Brite-Ideas Mar 13, 2014 @ 11:33 pm
    thank you for the visit and lovely comment on my Ancestry page today, really appreciated it :)
  • knowledgetoday Mar 10, 2014 @ 2:22 pm
    Thank you for liking my lens Dog Lovers Favorite Hobby.
  • adventuretravelshop Mar 03, 2014 @ 9:49 pm
    Thank you for liking my lens about writing for Squidoo and for your kind comment. I really do appreciate it.
  • 3QuartersToday Feb 27, 2014 @ 10:16 am
    Wow you have a LOT of lenses, I'm impressed. I'll have to take a look around and see everything you have to offer. Quite a variety it looks like.
  • favored1 Feb 24, 2014 @ 5:21 pm
    So sweet of you to pop by Storage Ideas for Narrow Hallways. Love seeing your face in my camp.
  • LizMac60 Feb 16, 2014 @ 2:42 pm
    Thanks for visiting my lens V.
  • kinworm Feb 13, 2014 @ 3:48 pm
    Thank you so much for visiting my crafts page about sharing crafts at Squidoo.
  • goldenrulecomics Feb 11, 2014 @ 1:28 pm
    Thanks for visiting our article on the song ''Red Red Wine''!
  • d-artist Feb 07, 2014 @ 11:19 pm
    Hi Virginia, thanks for dropping by and commenting on two of my genealogy discovery lenses...I really appreciate this!
  • WinWriter Feb 03, 2014 @ 10:25 am
    Thank you for visiting my lens ?Return to Jackson Hole.? The response has been very encouraging. I hope you have a great week.
  • goldenrulecomics Jan 31, 2014 @ 12:54 pm
    Thanks for visiting our review of Thomas Edison's laboratory! I think it's a great place to visit and like to spread the word.
  • TheCureForYouthMinistry Jan 09, 2014 @ 8:09 am
    Thanks for liking my lens on blogging!
  • ChocolateLily Jan 08, 2014 @ 10:15 pm
    Thanks for visiting my 2013 Squidoo accomplishments lens and sharing your accomplishment and plans!
  • lollyj Jan 08, 2014 @ 2:28 pm
    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my Carol's Alzheimer's Journey lens.
    I appreciate the visit more than you know.
  • marvins Jan 07, 2014 @ 2:31 am
    I just love your Chair Bed - Extra Sleeping Space for Guests lens .... thanks for sharing :)
  • ChocolateLily Jan 02, 2014 @ 9:37 pm
    Thanks for visiting my 25 Days of Christmas lens!
  • hobbity Jan 01, 2014 @ 7:17 am
    Thank you so much for your recent visit to my LOTD lens and a Happy New Year to you.
  • adventuretravelshop Nov 19, 2013 @ 8:40 am
    Thank you so much for liking my lens about hand puppets. I really do appreciate your time.I am so happy to be LOTD! What a surprise!
  • Nightcat Oct 23, 2013 @ 2:30 pm
    Thanks so very much for the Like and comment, hugs! :)
  • KathyT Oct 21, 2013 @ 9:39 pm
    Saw your visit at the new lens and was so psyched! THANK YOU!!! I'm getting some momentum again, and thank you for you continued encouragement. Hugs to you, Virginia! :)
  • Papier Oct 20, 2013 @ 2:21 pm
    I can't thank you enough for pointing out the glitch with the photographs - they are an important part of the story. I also have one of grandpa actually in the act of skinning a fox but thought it might be a bit too graphic so I left it out. I clicked Edit and the photos showed up so I republished. Hope it worked.
  • BarbaraCasey Oct 19, 2013 @ 10:16 am
    Thanks for visiting my book stand lens, Virginia. Amazing how one small item can make your life easier.
  • Nightcat Oct 17, 2013 @ 6:20 pm
    Thanks so very much for the comment and Like, hugs! :)
  • ChocolateLily Sep 29, 2013 @ 3:12 pm
    Thank you for visiting my grocery budgeting lens!
  • Colin323 Sep 23, 2013 @ 5:54 pm
    Thanks very much, Virginia, for liking my 'Designer Bookbinding' lens. I was very pleased to receive this LotD honour today, and glad that book crafts were receiving the attention they deserve. Best regards. Colin
  • lollyj Sep 16, 2013 @ 8:55 am
    Thanks so much for stopping by and liking my Beck's Love Lessons lens.
    I appreciate the visit. :)
  • Steve_Kaye Sep 15, 2013 @ 5:06 pm
    Thank you for posting a comment on my lens about Angry Birds. Your visit actually made them smile, sort of, considering they have beaks.
  • rauspitz Sep 06, 2013 @ 11:21 pm
    Many,many thanks for SquidLiking my Arts and Crafts Furniture lens. Your visit and comments are very much appreciated.
  • darkflowers Aug 22, 2013 @ 6:22 am
    Thank you so much for liking my newest Lens, "My First Childhood Doll: Do You Still Have Yours?". Very kind of you Vallain! Have a lovely day!
  • Timsmansmall Aug 21, 2013 @ 11:42 pm
    Thanks for you visit to my newest lens Who is Timsmansmall. It sat there and I had forgotten to publish it until now.
  • lollyj Aug 14, 2013 @ 11:51 am
    Thank you so much for liking and commenting on my Carol's Alzheimers Journey lens. I appreciate your kind words. My family lenses come from the heart, and I know yours are the same.
  • adragast Aug 04, 2013 @ 1:40 pm
    Thanks a lot for your like and comment on my lens about my 1 year at Squidoo. It is really nice to get a comment that adds some value to the lens! I answered there.
  • flinnie Aug 04, 2013 @ 2:43 am
    Hi vallain, thanks for visiting and liking my lens. I appreciate it.
  • drbilltellsexcitingstories Jul 10, 2013 @ 5:49 pm
    Thank you for liking and commenting on my new lens on The Homeplace Series family saga and author William Leverne Smith! ;-)
  • Steve_Kaye Jun 18, 2013 @ 10:32 pm
    Thank you for posting a comment on my lens about Sandhill Cranes. Now I'm going to find your lenses about these birds.
  • MythYes May 16, 2013 @ 11:40 am
    665 lenses??? WOW. I don't think I have ever seen more lenses. Congratulations! I can see you are doing this with passion.
  • vallain May 16, 2013 @ 12:19 pm
    I do tend to get caught up in projects. I've heard of several lensmasters with 800 to 1000 lenses. Some break theirs up into separate niche profiles so they aren't all in one place. For instance I have my Christmas lenses under the profile vallain_xmas.
  • BarbsSpot May 10, 2013 @ 11:59 am
    @villain...You just stopped by to visit my Lens, "Outlining Your Writing Life Biography"! Thank you for that SquidLike! I do appreciate it!
  • annayjo May 06, 2013 @ 8:16 am
    Love the Wine Cork Craft Lens! So creative and I'm starting to save my wine corks now! =)
  • May 03, 2013 @ 3:02 pm
    Thank you for liking my "how-to" lens on organizing a Celebration of Life reception. It is appreciated ;0)
  • topbuilderlist May 03, 2013 @ 5:28 am
    Congrats for having these great lenses and for obtaining more trophies for the hard work.
  • lollyj May 01, 2013 @ 11:37 am
    Thanks for revisiting my May Day Memories lens. Happy May Day, Virginia. :)
  • pbrandon65 Apr 29, 2013 @ 2:58 am
    Wow, so many great lenses. Where do you get so many ideas to write about if you don't mind me asking?
  • vallain Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:22 am
    I'm a retired librarian so love researching and find many topics interest me.
  • wynandtruter Apr 26, 2013 @ 6:50 am
    WOW how long did it take to write so many lenses?
  • PinkstonePictures Apr 07, 2013 @ 9:48 am
    Just had to write another comment. You have so many interesting and useful lenses. I will definitely be back for another visit. Thanks for the hard work and imparting such amazing info. Much appreciated.
  • Apr 02, 2013 @ 6:34 pm
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my "coping" lens. I've found your insights and tips to be helpful - even if I haven't been implementing all of it right now. I'm working on making things work and I hope you have continued success! :)
  • Meyani Mar 22, 2013 @ 8:13 am
    Hi vallain, I have read you lenses till page 3 (almost 60 lenses). wooowww amazing, you got many TIER1 and huge of TIER 2. Very appreciate if you do not mind to share what did you do to make your lenses ranked up higher. thank in advance, I only found your earning report lens
  • vallain Mar 22, 2013 @ 9:28 am
    you will find all my tips at http://www.squidoo.com/squidoo-tips-and-techniques. There is one link about Get to Tier One on Squidoo.
  • gin001 Mar 23, 2013 @ 10:33 pm
    Hi Vallain, Wow! Your Squidoo tips and techniques lens is full of helpful information. I've bookmarked the link and plan on going back to read more. Thanks so much for sharing.
  • hmommers Mar 10, 2013 @ 3:15 pm
    Great lenses you have! Thank you so much for all the valuable content. I have to visit some more later. At this moment my head is full :-)
  • KathyT Mar 06, 2013 @ 9:59 am
    Good morning Virginia!! Wow... I'm still on a cloud from yesterday's LOTD experience, and wanted to thank you with huge Squid Hugs for your kind comment on the lens! Have a wonderful day! :) Kath
  • bloomingrose Feb 21, 2013 @ 4:45 pm
    Thanks for sharing your gratitude with Squidoo for allowing you to play around and feel creative when you visited my lens on gratitude. 658 lenses - I know you are creative!
  • Green-horizon Feb 20, 2013 @ 11:56 pm
    Your wine cork crafts are amazing ... any idea about coke crowns ?
  • Celticep Feb 18, 2013 @ 5:48 pm
    Thank you for visiting and enjoying my Visit to Bordeaux lens. Much appreciated!
  • lionmom100 Feb 18, 2013 @ 3:16 pm
    Thanks for Squidliking my lens Armchair Birdwatching. It is greatly appreciated
  • debnet Feb 14, 2013 @ 1:37 pm
    Thank you so much for blessing my Downton Abbey Quiz lens. It's very much appreciated. Have a wonderful day or evening in your part of the world x
  • Helene-Malmsio Feb 13, 2013 @ 11:59 am
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    Happy Valentine Day!
    All the very best to you and your loved ones, from me and mine!

    Helene Malmsio aka. SCSS
  • BarbaraCasey Feb 10, 2013 @ 9:11 pm
    Thanks, Virginia, for visiting my throw blankets and pillows lens.
  • Sylvestermouse Feb 09, 2013 @ 6:36 pm
    Just wanted you to know you have been on my heart and in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Plush Feb 08, 2013 @ 12:34 pm
    600 over lenses. I am in awe! I hope to get 100 by the end of the month. Wish me luck.
  • ukprowriter Jan 14, 2013 @ 12:14 pm
    Thanks for blessing 'ghost writing, literally.' I really do appreciate it
  • getmoreinfo Jan 12, 2013 @ 2:44 am
    Thanks for stopping by my pages, I appreciate it.
  • tim-bader-982 Jan 11, 2013 @ 5:22 am
    Thanks for squid liking my lens Lego Star Wars Gifts For Boys and Girls!
  • AllThingsPotter Jan 10, 2013 @ 6:33 am
    Thanks so much for your nice comment, and for blessing my lens "Best Winter Sport Ever".
  • Jan 09, 2013 @ 6:28 am
    Thank you for your comments and visit to my Cardigan Castle lens, appreciated
  • IamShea Jan 07, 2013 @ 4:58 pm
    What a great selection of lenses! I like the way you write and I'm sending a link to my wife who has been a school teacher for many years.
  • survivoryea Jan 06, 2013 @ 9:12 pm
    Thank you for visiting my Forgotten Cookie lens - greatly appreciated and you are right - they are impossible to burn :>)
  • carolweez Jan 06, 2013 @ 10:58 am
    Thank you very much for blessing my lens and for the valuable tips. Much appreciated.
  • Jan 06, 2013 @ 10:20 am
    Wishing you a wonderful new years filled with smiles!
  • FamilySolutions Jan 04, 2013 @ 12:15 am
    Every time I read one of your lenses I understand why you are so successful on Squidoo. Especially helpful are the lenses that give Squidoo tips like Newbie mistakes, updating lenses constantly. You are always down to earth and honest with the amount of work this all requires. I personally am struggling to devote enough time on Squidoo as I have to do it on my spare time when I'm not running my business. I have a ton of lens ideas floating in my head. You gave me great feedback on my first lens and I'd appreciate if you can check out my two latest lenses.
  • drbilltellsexcitingstories Jan 02, 2013 @ 9:36 pm
    Thank you for liking my American Lion lens! ;-)
  • rattie Jan 01, 2013 @ 10:37 pm
    Vallain thankyou for visiting my children's kitchen lens. I rather liked your comments about play. Perhaps we don't allow children to use their imagination as much as we should.
  • partybuzz Jan 01, 2013 @ 9:26 pm
    Thanks for your visit and comment to my How to Cook Pinto Beans in a Crock Pot lens. It's funny you mentioned it, because I just cooked my ham bone in some navy beans today in my crock pot! Yum!
  • survivoryea Jan 01, 2013 @ 8:17 pm
    Thanks for visiting my Bean Soup lens-I just made it over New Year's and it was great! :>)
  • 3bdpro Dec 31, 2012 @ 3:16 pm
    Hello Virginia, my name is Oliver, I am totally new to Squidoo, and internet marketing.
    I see the effectiveness of having a Squiidoo or several lens. I'm not a writer nor technical.
    My question to you; Are you selling any of your lens? if so, how can I find them to purchase.
  • vallain Dec 31, 2012 @ 4:03 pm
    Buying lenses is a way to get a jump start on Squidoo. There are a number of lensmasters who make new starter product lenses. They will even make custom lenses on topics that you choose. You can also buy more mature lenses though they usually cost more.

    Here are links to quite a few of the sellers. Mine is the one of the lady holding a wombat. http://pinterest.com/vallain/lensmasters-with-squidoo-lenses-for-sale/

    Think of it a bit like buying and holding stocks. You do need to update them now and then to keep them fresh (google sends more traffic then). Here are my tips for that:

    http://www.squidoo.com/fixing-bought-lens
    http://www.squidoo.com/updates-for-squidoo-lenses
    http://www.squidoo.com/buying-lenses

    Regards, Virginia Allain
  • swapnal-sarang Dec 31, 2012 @ 4:53 am
    Thankyou very much for the blessing angel. Wish you a very happy new year
  • swapnal-sarang Dec 31, 2012 @ 4:53 am
    Thankyou very much for the blessing angel. Wish you a very happy new year
  • kcsantos Dec 30, 2012 @ 11:37 pm
    Hi! Thanks for visiting and liking my lens. I really appreciate that.
  • SaltySailor Dec 30, 2012 @ 5:45 pm
    thanks
  • Lareene Dec 30, 2012 @ 7:05 am
    Thanks for liking my lens it means a lot.
  • LauraGraig Dec 30, 2012 @ 3:22 am
    Thank you so much for the squidlike. Wish you all the best for the New Year.
  • tfsherman Dec 29, 2012 @ 10:12 am
    Thanks for the squidlike, vallain, I'm always happy when you stop by, oh fellow librarian.
  • barberrela Dec 27, 2012 @ 8:06 am
    Thankyou for the squidlike and comment. Much appreciated.
  • candy47 Dec 26, 2012 @ 9:12 pm
    Thank you so much for blessing my nursing home lens. It is greatly appreciated.
  • kirstymack Dec 25, 2012 @ 2:38 am
    Thank you so much for your support, comments and likes on my lenses. I sincerely appreciate the support.
  • termit_bronx Dec 24, 2012 @ 5:56 pm
    Hey my dear friend! I'm very grateful for all your positive energy you gave me on Squidoo and for all the support! I wish you everything the best for holidays and I wish you a Merry Christmas! Lots of health, great things and success on Squidoo! *With love, Mitja*

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